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Scouts compete at Pinewood Derby
News     23 Apr 2014 | 12:06 am
Ukiah Daily Journal Dillon Stuart, 8, has a sister at home who will undoubtedly hear his excitement at winning first place for his Cub Scouts Bears division in the Pinewood Derby, the Boy Scouts of America's annual wooden car races, when she watches the video he captured on a smartphone for her....

Armachillo Sun Cape Cap
Blog     22 Apr 2014 | 11:53 pm
Summer is practically upon us and that means that it’s time to lather-up with sunblock and/or cover-up with a good sun hat. One I can happily recommend, having put to a lot of use, is the Armachillo Sun Cape cap by the Duluth Trading Company. Hats are my primary form of sun protection. I try to avoid sunblock because of the chemicals and because of how often I need to re-apply it on long, sweaty hikes. I rely on large brims or capes to cover my neck, so when I got talking to the Duluth Trading Post, it their hat with the micro...

Woman helps girls grow through expanding county Girl Scouts programs
News     22 Apr 2014 | 9:51 pm
Liz Popwell and her troop last year at the county commission meeting, where they were recognized for the Girl Scouts 100 year anniversary. (Special to The Star)...

Planning a Backpacking Trek pt. 3
Blog     22 Apr 2014 | 9:05 pm
The motto of the Boy Scouts of America is “Be Prepared”.  Prepared for what?  Well, any old thing said our founder.  Being prepared for your backpacking trek is an absolute must.  When planning your next trek you need to consider those things that can go wrong.  Preparedness will reduce the risk and make the trek a lot more fun. Andrew Skurka, an Ultimate hiker, Adventurer, and Guide, shares on his website “When I embark on a trip, I always try to abide by the Boy Scout motto — “Be prepared” — by bringing three types of resources, either carried on my back...

Staten Island Girl Scouts celebrate Earth Day at Blue Heron Park
News     22 Apr 2014 | 3:25 pm
Staten Island Girl Scouts mark Earth Day with activities in Blue Heron Park in the Annadale section of Staten Island....

Boy Scouts Ban Church That Allowed Gay Man To Lead Group
News     22 Apr 2014 | 2:56 pm
The group has revoked its charter agreement with a Seattle church that refused to remove a gay troop leader after the organization withdrew his membership....

Gregg H. Rox!
Blog     22 Apr 2014 | 2:32 pm
Gulf Ridge Council presented a Silver Beaver award to Gregg Hilferding who works at in Florida.The silver beaver is the top recognition a council can present to an adult volunteer, and I wholeheartedly applaud their choice in Gregg. Rather than duplicate it all here, you should check out ClassB's article listing all Gregg's involvement in Scouting. He has certainly set the bar high for volunteers!Scout On...

PAPAGO GoWatch 770 Review
blog     22 Apr 2014 | 12:52 pm
The PAPAGO GoWatch 770, a high-tech sports watch, has all the features to take your hike, run, or cycle to the next level. For hikers looking to go farther faster, the PAPAGO GoWatch 770 is a useful tool to monitor your progress, set goals, and chart your success. The watch records distance, speed, time, lap time, calories burned, and even change in altitude. But what really sets this product apart is its “Training Mode,” which allows you to set goals for yourself and actively monitor your success while you work out. The PAPAGO GoWatch 770 also connects to GoLife Run computer...

Blog     22 Apr 2014 | 12:24 pm
Best Use of NumbersLast year was our first ever Pinewood Derby. As a Tiger Scout my son had no idea what it was all about so he did not show much interest in building a car. I just wanted a car that would not end up in last place.We first looked on the Internet for a simple design that would be easy to make. My son helped draw it out and we worked together as I showed him how to measure and make straight lines. After cutting it out he helped briefly with sanding till he...

Drink Right: Why now’s the time to replace soda and bug juice with water
Blog     22 Apr 2014 | 11:49 am
When Scout Executive Michael Riley made the choice to eliminate bug juice at the Cape Cod & Islands Council’s summer day camps, he braced for a revolt. But no uprising came. Sugar-saturated bug juice was available one summer, and the next summer only water was served. “Surprisingly, we got no pushback from the parents,” he told me. “They said, ‘That’s good; the Scouts don’t need that.’ And the kids? They just thought, ‘This is what we’ve got.’” This positive step toward healthy living will go a long way toward preventing and reversing obesity in Scouts in Michael’s council. But it shouldn’t stop there. Your pack, troop, team, crew, ship or post can be a...

Action Packer Patrol Box Ideas
Blog     22 Apr 2014 | 9:05 am
Here’s some pictures of a customized Rubbermaid  Action Packer from a post at FJ Crusier Forums. The modifications include a hinge on the lid reinforced with electrical conduit, wire organizers attached to the inside, a knife rack, and paper towel holder for the outside. The author mentions Viewtainer Storage Containers  that he uses to store small items held in the lid of the box with bungee cords (very clever idea!) We’ve carried patrol gear in Action Packers for many years. I never gave much thought to modifying them, but this customized approach certainly suggests some interesting ideas. In the 80′s, I made a couple of really nice chuck boxes out of...

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